Wind vane is a measuring device that determines the direction of the wind. It determines the direction through its spin, where the pointer is blown by the wind.
Wind vane would also make a good decor for the house, and it comes in different designs. It’s also a good science project for kids. It’s actually not a bad idea for a school project since kids could practice their creativity and as well as be able to create something that they could make use of in their house.
Making wind vane for kids as project is easy. If your kid has a science project due for the week, you can make wind vane for kids. You can even make and finish it within the day. And surely your kid will get a good grade in school for submitting an excellent wind vane for kids.
The materials for wind vane for kids are as follows:
Empty Water or Soda Bottle (size does not matter just as long as the shaft of your wind vane will be taller than the bottle)
A bag of pebbles or sand
Pencil with eraser (preferably unsharpened)
Pin (pushpin or thumbtacks)
Tape and Glue
2 Straws (one big and one thinner)
Thick Cardboard (for the arrow head and tail)
Coloring Materials (for decorating the wind vane)
8 Steps on How to Make Wind Vane for Kids?
Take the water or soda bottle and empty it. Wash it thoroughly then set it out to dry. Set it aside for drying while you work on the other materials.
With the use of scissors, cut off about three inches from the big straw. Then make two one-inch slits at both end of the longer straw (whichever is longer after cutting off the 3inches). Make sure that both slits are parallel to each other.
Then take out the cardboard and trace out an arrow head and its tail. Then you cut it out.
Insert the longer straw—which has the slits—into the shorter and thicker straw. Leaving space for the slits at both ends of the longer straw.
After inserting the longer straw, you can then now place the arrow head and the tail into the slits of the longer straw. Then you tape it to secure it.
Setting aside your arrow and going back to your bottle; pour in the sand into the bottle. Fill it with sand. This sand works only as a weight to keep your bottle steady even with the wind blowing it.
Place the pencil into the bottle with the sand, with the end of the eraser on top.
Using a pushpin or a thumbtack, pin down the center of the straw into the eraser to hold down the arrow and prevent it from flying off with the wind.
And that’s how you make a wind vane for kids—as simple as that. Kids may be able to make one on their own with a little help from their parents. With a step-by-step guide on how to make wind vane for kids, they’re work will surely be a successful one.